JM’s Journal: How to Spark Your Creativity

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How to Spark Your Creativity

When Your Innovative Side is Blocked

by J.M. Troppello

It can be frustrating when your innovative side is blocked. All creativity is lost. It’s not really lost, just momentarily out of your reach. However, you can jump-start your creativity and unblock your innovative side.

“That place of your deepest creativity—that place inside of you that can be a bit dark and stormy and confusing and hard to look at sometimes—this is where all of your potential for human kindness, genius, innovativeness, connectedness, child-likeness, imagination, curiosity, generosity, neighborliness, and love come from.” – Allison Fallon

Consider the following four ways to spark your creativity when your innovative side is blocked.

1. Move

Sometimes overcoming your creative block is as simple as changing your location. Maybe you need to go outside and take a walk. Check with the All Trails app to find the best local hiking trail maps, bike trails, and camping and backpacking maps. Go to the gym and work out to boost your endorphins. Stay home and download the Fit On app and do a workout. It may be as simple as taking your laptop or other creative project and moving to another room in your house—which could get your creativity flowing.

2. Inspire

All these tips involve taking a step back from your creative project and doing something different. If you want to inspire your mind and get your creativity flowing again, read a few chapters in a book. Take time to listen to your favorite music. If you have time, watch a movie. Read some articles online. Browse your social media newsfeeds. However, give yourself a 30-minute time limit on social media. You don’t want to get sucked into wasting time on those platforms.

3. Act

Avoid electronics for a short time limit. Get some paper and a pen or pencil and free-write for a bit. If you aren’t trying to stimulate your creativity for writing, but want to get creative in an artistic project, take the time to doodle on paper. Maybe creating a topic list can spark your creativity for your next project. Write a list of your goals for the month. List some other creative projects you’d like to start. Work on a puzzle. Play a game with friends. Do a crossword puzzle. Do some type of activity that will get the gears turning in your head.

4. Create

After taking time to move, inspire yourself, and doing other activities, you’ll likely have motivated yourself to start creating again. Don’t allow that creative block to hold you captive for too long. You don’t want to get into a habit of continuous creativity blocks.

Spark Your Creativity

“Don’t say you are not creative – the God who created the universe lives inside you.” – Hayley Morgan and Jess Connolly

Put these four simple, yet important steps into practice in your life when you need to get those creative juices flowing.

  • Move

  • Inspire

  • Act

  • Create

You can change the direction that you’re headed. You have a choice in the mindset you’re focusing on. When you need to spark innovation in your life, get moving, inspire yourself, act, and start creating again.

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About the Author

JM Troppello in Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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